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Publisher's Summary

Take a wonderfully crazed excursion into the demented heart of a tropical paradise - a world of cargo cults, cannibals, mad scientists, ninjas, and talking fruit bats. Our bumbling hero is Tucker Case, a hopeless geek trapped in a cool guy's body, who makes a living as a pilot for the Mary Jean Cosmetics Corporation. But when he demolishes his boss's pink plane during a drunken airborne liaison, Tuck must run for his life from Mary Jean's goons. Now there's only one employment opportunity left for him: piloting shady secret missions for an unscrupulous medical missionary and a sexy blond high priestess on the remotest of Micronesian hells. Here is a brazen, ingenious, irreverent, and wickedly funny novel from a modern master of the outrageous.
©1997 Christopher Moore (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
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4 out of 5 stars
By Holly Helscher on 07-01-12

Fun Read

I bought this title during one of the sales. I didn't know exactly what to expect, but I'm glad I took the risk. The characters were very different from most novels. We have islanders, a corrupt doctor and, naturally, the sequined love nun.

Pilot Tucker Case is a miscreant who has a hard time following rules. As a result he is persuaded to fly the pink plane of Mary Jean Cosmetics while under the influence in order to help a young lady (and I use the term loosely) join the mile high club. From there it's all downhill for Tucker. He's disgraced and ends up on an island in Micronesia. Getting there is difficult and along the way we meet navigator Kimi, who has some unusual behaviors of his own. We also fall in with love Roberto, a talking fruit bat. We cheer on the Shark People, indigenous to the island. We cross our fingers that the doctor and his amoral wife get what they deserve. And we hope that the ghost of Capt. Vincent Bennidetti, USAF, gives Tucker enough guidance (but not too much) so that he doesn't screw it up. Many times, however, Tucker comes close.

This isn't a thriller in the traditional sense of one. But it has thriller plot lines liberally seasoned with humor. The reluctant hero theme is evident, but Tucker is charming, although stupid in some places. He learns and grows and so we stick with him.

The performance is well done. The writing is good. Go on. Take the same chance I did. you won't be disappointed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Daniel on 05-21-10

This one is a keeper.

I really enjoyed this book. I instantly fell in love with the characters, which works out great if your a Christopher Moore fan because he likes to use his characters in multiple books. I think this is kind of a bonus for the reader.

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